Jul 21, 2014

Christmas in July BLOG HOP





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The Room Beyond 
By Stephanie Elmas

The Room Beyond

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Paperback280 pagesWhen Serena begins a new life working for the Hartreve family at 36 Marguerite Avenue she falls in love, not just with its eccentric and alluring inhabitants and their world, but with the house itself. Number 36 is a beautiful Victorian London mansion that has remained in the family for generations. Serena feels that by being here she has escaped the ghosts of her own sad childhood and found a true home, but she soon discovers that behind its gleaming surfaces Marguerite Avenue is plagued by secrets and mystery. Why does such a beautiful tranquil street seem sometimes to shimmer with menace? Is everyone in the family quite who they appear to be? And just what is it that the family is trying to hide from her?

It is 1892. On a hot summer night scented with jasmine, Miranda Whitestone hosts a dinner party at 34 Marguerite Avenue. Watching helplessly as her husband is seduced by her glamorous neighbour Lucinda Eden, she can have no idea of the consequences the evening will have.

For the history of Marguerite Avenue is more chilling than Serena could have imagined, and the fates of two women - the beautiful renegade Lucinda and the 'good wife' Miranda - will reach out from the past to cast a shadow over Serena's own future.

The Room Beyond is a thriller that delves beneath the romance and grandeur of a London house and finds a family haunted by the legacy of past wrongdoings. As the suspense grows and the fog thickens, will Serena be able to give up all that she has come to love? Will she ever escape?(less)
Published October 1st 2013 by Banstead House Publishing (first published September 29th 2013)





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Stephanie Elmas was born in Hong Kong to an English father and Czech mother but spent most of her childhood in Bristol, England UK. She studied English at university in London. She has worked as a head hunter, taught English in Japan and returned to university to complete a Masters in Victorian fiction. It was here that she developed her interest in the dark dangerous world of Victorian sensation writing. Stephanie now lives in a chaotic house in Surrey, England UK, with her husband and three highly energetic but wonderful children.

Jul 20, 2014

Review: Greene's Calling


Greene's Calling
Greene's Calling by A.D. Starrling

My rating: 2 of 5 stars



BOOK DESCRIPTION:


FROM THE AWARD WINNING AND NOMINATED SERIES SEVENTEEN.

An immortal healer.
An ancient legacy reborn.
A chain of cataclysmic events that threatens to change the fate of the world.


When a plane crashes in the Amazonian swamp where Conrad Greene is attempting to live out the rest of eternity, the jaded immortal who was once one of the Bastian First Council’s greatest assets stumbles across a conspiracy involving the recently elected president of the United States.

Caught in the middle of the intrigue is US Secret Service agent Laura Hartwell, the one immortal on Earth most likely to put a bullet through Greene’s skull.

Greene is coerced into returning to the life he had left behind by the leader of the Bastians and reluctantly agrees to assist the Americans in their investigation. As disturbing incidents start to unfold around the globe, Greene and a team of elite human and immortal agents must track down an elusive organization hell-bent on shifting the power balance of the world.

Can Greene stop the deadly countdown that threatens to alter the course of human history and regain the trust of the woman he loves?

The riveting and fast-paced third installment in the award-winning, supernatural thriller series Seventeen is finally here.




BOOK REVIEW:

as at first very interested in this advanced copy of Greene's Calling that I received free to provide an honest opinion of. I was very intrigued at the idea of immortals and in Greene's past love experience that ended in disaster. I liked that he lived the peaceful life to himself til a plane landed on him concerning his ex love and danger that found him soon on the United States joining her and protecting not only our president, but many other world leaders. I lost interest because I am not very into "terrorist" type books between humans nor immortals.

I am not saying the book was poorly written, nor someone with more technical interest in the army, navy, defense - country vs country mentality opulent have liked it. I just didn't. I read for weeks and continued to find myself reading and re reading to figure who was who when I truly did not care.

I believe many of other types of readers may have found the book interesting. I wonder if the plane falling on Greene's out of the way hidden cabin that originally got him involved was a coincidence? Maybe someone who could have stood to finish the book might have found out of ... Of all the places a terrorist,s plane would crash, why on Greene's remote shack that would force him to become re involved with his ex immortal girlfriend..



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Review: Ghost House


Ghost House
Ghost House by Alexandra Adornetto

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



I love a good old fashioned ghost story once in a while and I was lucky enough to get an advanced copy of this book. I could not wait to sink my teeth into it. I loved the theme, but hated the horrible cliffhanger at the end, although it does offer a promising continuance to the (what I thought was an unfair ending).

I love books about old English homes with old ghosts roaming about. Especially handsome ghosts that make you fall madly in love. The book has an ultimately incredible base idea, but does seem weak in places. For me the overall story makes up for the weaknesses in writing in places. I found my heart thumping in places and broken in other places.

Overall, I liked the book and loved that it got my imagination going and definitely held my interest. It was not a gory, blood & guts book, but there were a few heart racing / breath holding spots that pleased me immensely.






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Review: Stop, Thief!


Stop, Thief!
Stop, Thief! by Heather Tekavec

My rating: 4 of 5 stars



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"Max," said the farmer to his dog one day, "can you catch a thief?" Of course! He can catch anything! And Max eagerly sets off on a quest to find the culprit who has been stealing the farmer's fruits and vegetables. Within moments, the dog is confident he has spotted the thief -- a tiny blue bug, working on a carrot top. "Stop, thief!" Max cries as the bug flies away. Undaunted, Max chases after the bug, from the carrots to the berries to the beans and the cherries, until, eventually, Max watches in satisfaction as the bug flies away over the farm fence. What Max totally misunderstands in his enthusiasm, however -- and what youngsters will figure out right away -- is that the tiny blue bug isn't the thief at all. The real thieves are hiding in plain sight, right under his nose! Author Heather Tekavec has created a perfect storytime choice in this fun and funny picture book, as the kid appeal of being "in the know" while the lovable dog remains clueless will surely invite repeated readings. This story provides an excellent opportunity for discussions about jumping to conclusions and blaming others, or even about life on a farm. It also offers terrific lessons for building early literacy skills, such as moving beyond what is strictly presented in the text and critically thinking about what can be observed in the exuberant and friendly artwork by illustrator Pierre Pratt.

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I was so happy to read and review this free copy of STOP THIEF provided for an honest review. The illustrations and main character Max were so fun and joyful. Young readers will adore this anxious to please, lovable little pup.

Great book for children's opportunities for discussion and learning while enjoying Max's discoveries along the way. Wonderful picture book that will get children thinking ahead as the story progressed.



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Jul 19, 2014

Facade of Shadows by Rick Chiantaretto YA Spotlight GIVEAWAY





Title: Facade of Shadows
Author: Rick Chiantaretto
Genre: YA, dark fantasy

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Judas Iscariot (portrayed as the first of the undead), the gods and myths of ancient Egypt, and vampires all play a role in this novel of the clash between good and evil on Earth. In Façade of Shadows, the supernatural beings of Egyptian lore work together with modern-day vampire slayers to wage a pivotal battle against the dark powers of the underworld. A group of young slayers and their immortal Protector, the son of ancient gods, travel through time and space while struggling to save the population of an unsuspecting town—the first target for domination by the vampires—in a conflict that foreshadows the fate of the world. If you enjoy action, humor, tragedy, even romance involving the genre of vampires and their nemeses, this is a riveting read to add to your collection.


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Jul 14, 2014

Review: There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly


There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly
There Was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly by Rashin Kheiriyeh

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



Book description:

We all remember the old lady who swallowed a fly, a spider, a cat, a dog, a cow, and a horse. Now we know how she did it! Rashin s colorful and comedic illustrations take you mid-gulp to mid-belly as the animals are swallowed whole. Her devoted cat tries to help: Stop! Don t eat it. Try this! But when the old lady grabs the cat it s every beast for itself: Eat the dog! And when the old lady cheers: Catch it! the critters leap into action to catch the one that was swallowed before."

REVIEW:

5*****

This version of There was an Old Lady Who Swallowed a Fly by Rashin is so wonderfully ridiculous there is no way not to love it. The story is about the same hilarious mess as always, but the illustrations will have young and old readers alike rolling on the floors holding their sides.

HILARIOUS rhyme full of fun and hilarity.




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Jul 13, 2014

Book Tour - giveaway ~ A Perfect Secret - Donna Hatch

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A themed book tour through <b><a href="http://prismbooktours.blogspot.com/2014/07/were-blitzing-regency-tour-grand-finale.html" target="_blank">Prism Book Tours</a></b>.</div>
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<span style="font-size: large;">It's the THE REGENCY TOUR&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: large;">Grand Finale&nbsp;</span><span style="font-size: large;">for</span><br />
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<b><span style="font-size: large;">by Donna Hatch</span></b></div>
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I hope they will believe that love is real and it can help us find the courage to do what we believe is right. I also hope they will question what they think they know about people and let go of prejudice, and even help them forgive those who have hurt them.<br />
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<b><a href="http://www.cherrymischievous.com/2014/07/a-perfect-secret-blogtour-giveaway.html" target="_blank">Cherry Mischievous</a>&nbsp;- Excerpt</b></div>
<i>Six-year-old Christian Amesbury stood in the churchyard, trying not to crush the flowers he’d brought to put in front of the family crypt where they’d laid his brother to rest, the brother he loved, the brother he killed. Alone in every way, he stood, shaking, as his last taunting words to Jason echoed in his head. Christian had wanted to prove he was brave and strong. Instead, his brother, best friend, and advocate, was dead.</i></div>
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<b><a href="http://kellyatx.blogspot.com/2014/07/book-tour-guest-post-giveaway-perfect.html" target="_blank">Kelly P's Blog</a>&nbsp;- Historical Romance, the Perfect Escape</b></div>
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In a recent survey, 80% of people who called themselves avid readers listed historical novels as one of their top three favorite types of books to read. I wasn’t really surprised, since historical fiction, especially <a href="http://donnahatch.com/historical-romance-seduces-a-new-generation/">historical romance fiction</a>, is my favorite genre. But it got me thinking; why the broad appeal?<br />
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<b><a href="http://www.iamareader.com/2014/06/a-perfect-secret-by-donna-hatch-guest-post-giveaway.html" target="_blank">I Am A Reader</a>&nbsp;- Jane Austen's Influence</b></div>
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Who is the greatest fiction author of all time? That question would no doubt be greeted by a host of answers and responses, and would largely depend on the type of fiction each person enjoys reading. For many of us who enjoy historical romance novels, our resounding answer is: Jane Austen.<br />
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<b><a href="http://athousandwordsamillionbooks.blogspot.in/2014/07/a-perfect-secret-by-donna-hatch-review.html" target="_blank">A Thousand Words A Million Books</a>&nbsp;- &nbsp;</b><b style="text-align: start;">Review</b></div>
"Historical romances are pretty much my favorite (type of romances) especially the ones that get it all right- from the rather formal language, to the courting and the calling upon and the mannerisms. You get the picture, right? Well, A Perfect Secret lived up to all of it!"<br />
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<b><a href="http://lisaisabookworm.blogspot.com/2014/07/blog-tour-perfect-secret-by-donna-hatch.html" target="_blank">Bookworm Lisa</a>&nbsp;-&nbsp;British Tea</b><br />
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I am a total history geek. I freely admit this. My geekiness started way back when I was a child pouring over the pages of the Little House series, both the books and the TV series, among other historical stories. Later, it grew out of necessity when I decided I wanted my stories to take place during Regency England. Obviously, this means copious amounts of research. But research has grown into an extreme fascination all its own.</div>
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"The writing in this book is wonderful.  Donna has done a wonderful job at pulling me in the story.  Her characters are believable and I actually cared about what happened to them."<br />
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<b><a href="http://gettingyourreadonaimeebrown.blogspot.com/2014/07/a-perfect-secret-by-donna-hatch-20-and.html" target="_blank">Getting Your Read On</a>&nbsp;- Review</b></div>
"I really, really enjoyed this book.  It was an awesome escape from reality and I literally devoured this book in a day.  I love when that happens."<br />
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"This is a clean read, but be prepared for serious issues rather than fluff. I loved it, though, and had a hard time putting it down. This is the third book in this series but I thought it worked well as a stand alone. You can tell there's history between the characters but it doesn't interfere with the storyline of this book. This is a series I plan to read from the beginning so I can get more of a feel for all the Amesbury siblings, their relationships with each other and how they each find their happy ending!"<br />
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The Regency era brought dramatic changes in women's fashion. Those huge hoop skirts and pinched waistlines popular in the Elizabethan Era disappeared in favor of the Roman style gown with high waistlines and lighter fabrics.<br />
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<b><a href="http://nataliecarrollthewrittenadventure.blogspot.com/2014/07/a-perfect-secret-by-donna-hatch.html" target="_blank">The Written Adventure</a>&nbsp;- Interview</b></div>
<b>6) What made you decide to write in the Regency England?</b><br />
Honestly, when I write my first rough draft of a historical romance, I wasn’t sure what time period it should take place in. So I did some research into the manners and mores, the clothing and fashions, what was going on politically. I eventually narrowed it down to either the Regency or Victorian Era. But in the end, I chose Regency for two reasons. First, it was a good niche market. A lot of people know what Regency means, especially if I add, the time of Jane Austen. It’s sort of an instant “in.” Secondly, and probably most importantly, I love the people who lived in that time. The people who lived then were so driven by duty and honor. In Regency England, duty and honor were everything. If a man said he’d do something, especially if he gave his word, he meant it, and others could count him to follow through, even at great personal cost.<br />
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<b><a href="http://readingisoneofmypassions.blogspot.com/2014/07/the-regency-tour-perfect-secret-by.html" target="_blank">My Love for Reading Keeps Growing</a>&nbsp;- Excerpt</b></div>
<i>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;“Let him stay,” Jason urged again. “He’s not bothering anyone.”<br />     Grant let out a snort. “You’re too soft on him.”<br />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Cole, highest in the tree and holding a paper he’d rolled up into the shape of a spyglass, let out a long-suffering sigh. “You can be the cabin boy. Ahoy there!”</i></div>
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<i>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;A ship, today.<br />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;From his perch on one of the lower tree limbs, Jason leaned down and held out a hand. “Come on up, Chris. I’ll help you.”<br />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Christian shook his head. “I can do it by myself.”</i></div>
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<b>Can we expect to hear more from these characters in the near future?</b><br />
There are four brothers in the Amesbury family, and three of them have stories already written so I have one more to go. I’ve actually started the fourth brother’s story and he’s really a tough nut. I still don’t know most of his secrets. He may or may not tell me very many of them by the end of the story. There are also two sisters in the family whose stories I have loosely planned.</div>
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<b><a href="http://dealsharingaunt.blogspot.com/2014/07/a-perfect-secret-by-donna-hatch-giveaway.html" target="_blank">Deal Sharing Aunt</a>&nbsp;- Excerpt</b></div>
<i>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;He’d done this. He’d torn apart the family. It was his fault. Mama cried constantly and some days didn’t get out of bed. Father never smiled. Two months later, Cole and Jared left for the sea. Jason was gone forever. Grant never spoke to him, only shot him murderous glares that left Christian constantly looking over his shoulder, half expecting to see a knife plunging toward his back. <br />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Christian squared his shoulders and strode with dignity he didn’t feel past gravestones and monuments. As he passed Grant at the gate, his brother spoke his first words to Christian in three months.</i><br />
<i>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;“I wish you were the one who had died.”</i><br />
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&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;"This book adds the twist of a jilted lover, turned rescuer, turned true love...OH. SO. GOOD!<br />
&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;And what one woman will do to protect her family's name and reputation...becomes her own "perfect secret."<br />
&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Don't miss out on this one!"<br />
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<b><a href="http://burgandyice.blogspot.com/2014/07/getting-married-in-regency-england-on.html" target="_blank">Colorimetry</a>&nbsp;- Marriage in Regency England</b></div>
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<b>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;</b>The hope of a bright future awaiting the couple probably isn't much different now than it was centuries past. But the way people married has evolved over the years.<br />
<b>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;In Regency England, a couple could get married one of three ways: they could marry in a church after the reading of the banns, they could obtain a common license, or they could marry by special license. They could also elope and go to Scotland, but that’s a topic for different post.</b><br />
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<span style="font-family: inherit;"><i><span style="color: #333333;"><span style="background-color: clear; line-height: 19.200000762939453px;">&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;F</span></span>rom the moment she first saw Christian Amesbury, Genevieve knew she’d never love another man. It wasn’t merely the shy, sweet smile he gave when their eyes met across the room, or the intensity of his gaze as they were introduced, or even his stunning good looks akin to the mythical Adonis. No, there was something supremely familiar about him, and when he finally asked her to dance and she placed her hand in his, an almost audible click sounded from inside Genevieve, as if fate had placed a key piece into the puzzle of her life.</i></span></div>
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"If you enjoy reading this genre, then I would recommend <i>A Perfect Secret</i>. It was sweet, engaging, intense, and included everything you would expect from a Regency romance."<br />
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"I love the stories about these brothers!! I must admit, I was curious about the brother they always called "Perfectly Perfect Christian." I imagined him to be almost a saint and maybe destined to become a priest. However, I was surprised to learn that there are reasons for him to be the way he is and he's not as perfect as everyone thinks. He's still a great guy, but he's human and humans make mistakes and are often hard on themselves."<br />
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"Overall, I really enjoyed this book, and the characters had a large part in that. I'd recommend this book to anyone who likes clean regency romance or historical romance."<br />
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&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;"<b>A Perfect Secret was romantic, scary, and an all around good book.</b><br />
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<i>&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;“Of course it’s her concern.” Wickburgh began swinging his walking stick, narrowly missing a flower-filled vase atop a Chippendale side table. “You see my dear, your father was about to find the means by which to settle a debt with me.”<br />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;Genevieve narrowed her gaze. “I doubt very much my father owes you a gambling debt since he seldom gambles.”<br />&nbsp; &nbsp; &nbsp;“Oh, but he did, a wager of the worst kind—with fate.”</i><br />
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"This was an excellent example of regency books without the risqué that is included in a lot of them. It was a quicker read a couple of days, reading an hour or so a day. The story will capture your heart and you will fall in love with Christian and Genevieve and the Amesbury family just like I did."<br />
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"From the moment I began reading this book, I was convinced that this was “my kind of book.” And indeed it is. There is no profanity nor bedrooms scenes–I am so grateful for that! It is set in the 1800′s in England, and it is a romance that includes all the elements that most readers would require in a historical romance in this vein."</div>
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<b>(Rogue Hearts #3)<br />by Donna Hatch</b><br />
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Desperate to protect her father from trial and death, Genevieve breaks off her engagement with Christian Amesbury and marries a blackmailer. After a year of marriage, she flees her husband's violent domination only to have fate bring her back to Christian. Just when she thinks she's started a new life of safety and solitude, her husband tracks her down, stalks her, and threatens everyone she loves. <br />
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Still brokenhearted over Genevieve's betrayal a year ago, Christian can't believe she's come back into his life--and worse, that she's done it on the anniversary of his brother's death, a death that haunts him. Though tempted to throw her back into the river where he found her, he can't leave her at the mercy of the terrifying man she married. <br />
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My passion for writing began at the tender age of 8 and I’ve been hooked ever since. Of course, I also wanted to be an actress and a ballerina, but one out of three isn’t bad, right?<br />
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In between caring for six children, (7 counting my husband), my day job, my free lance editing and copy writing, and my many volunteer positions, I manage to carve out time to indulge in my writing obsession. After all, it IS an obsession. My family is more patient and supportive than I deserve.<br />
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Jul 9, 2014

Review: Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor


Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor
Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor by Jon Scieszka

My rating: 5 of 5 stars



Book description from Goodreads:

Frank Einstein and the Antimatter Motor
by Jon Scieszka, Brian Biggs (Illustrations)
4.0 of 5 stars 4.00 · rating details · 25 ratings · 16 reviews
"I never thought science could be funny . . . until I read Frank Einstein. It will have kids laughing."
—Jeff Kinney, Diary of a Wimpy Kid

“Dear Frank Einstein,
Please invent time machine. Send your books back in time to me in 1978.
Also a levitating skateboard.
Tommy”
—Tom Angleberger, The Strange Case of Origami Yoda

Frank Einstein loves figuring out how the world works by creating household contraptions that are part science, part imagination, and definitely unusual. After an uneventful experiment in his garage-lab, a lightning storm and flash of electricity bring Frank’s inventions—the robots Klink and Klank—to life! Not exactly the ideal lab partners, the wisecracking Klink and the overly expressive Klank nonetheless help Frank attempt to perfect his Antimatter Motor . . . until Frank’s archnemesis, T. Edison, steals Klink and Klank for his evil doomsday plan! Using real science, Jon Scieszka has created a unique world of adventure and science fiction—an irresistible chemical reaction for middle-grade readers.

"Kids will love Frank Einstein because even though he is a new character he will be instantly recognizable to the readers...Jon Scieszka is one of the best writers around, and I can't wait to see what he does with these fun and exciting characters."
—Eoin Colfer, Artemis Fowl

"Jon Scieszka's new series has the winning ingredients that link his clever brilliance in story telling with his knowledge of real science, while at the same time the content combination of fiction and non fiction appeals to the full range of the market."
—Jack Gantos, Dead End in Norvelt

"Scieszka mixes science and silliness again to great effect."
—Kirkus Reviews

"In refusing to take itself too seriously, it proves that science can be as fun as it is important and useful."
—Publishers Weekly(less)
Hardcover, 192 pages
Expected publication: August 19th 2014 by Amulet Books


BOOK REVIEW:


Awesomely funny and if you don't be careful you just might learn something.

I love how the author and illustrator work together to make science funny and understandable in this story of friendship, creativity, and good vs. bad. This book was our bed time story over a few nights and completely loved by my 9 year old. The benefits of books that open up creativity soar as high as the imagination.

Funny, honorable, and a great book from start to finish.



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